The Doll People (Doll People Series #1)

The Doll People (Doll People Series #1)

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The 100-year-old Doll family—beautifully crafted china dolls passed down through four generations of girls in one American family—meet their new neighbors, the Funcrafts, a doll family made completely of plastic and delivered straight from the factory shelves.

Annabelle Doll is eight years old—she has been for over a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after year…until the Funcrafts move in. Now Annabelle has a friend. Sure she’s made entirely of plastic and she’s living in the scariest room in the house, but she’s an adventurer, and after a hundred years of boredom, that’s just what Annabelle needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307941763
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Series: Doll People Series , #1
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ann M Martin is the author and creator of the best-selling Babysitters Club as well as Snail Mail No More and P.S. Longer Letter Later co-written with Paula Danziger and available on audio from Listening Library. She makes her home in upstate New York.

Laura Godwin is the author of many popular books for children including Barnyard Prayers and The Flower Girl. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.

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The Doll People 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
ReadingQueen711 More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in fifth grade and I plan on reading the whole series again even though I'm older now. It was sooo cute and I really enjoyed seeing the detailed pictures that went along with it. I recommend this book for everyone no matter how old! Two thumbs up!
taysara321 More than 1 year ago
I chose this book to read to a 3 year old boy and a 7 year old girl i take care of during the week. we got into the habit of reading while they eat dinner as a way of getting away from having the tv on. we started out with the book "coraline" and the idea worked so well that they were telling me to continue reading til mom and dad got home. Doll People is a cut funny story about a family of dolls living in a doll house that has been in the family for many many years. It is currently owned by a girl named Katie. when the family goes to school or work during the day and to sleep at night the dolls come alive and are free to roam the house. they must, however, be back in the same exact positions they were in when everyone went to work or sleep by the time they get home or wake up. they can not raise the suspicions of the humans. katie's little sister gets a modern doll house with "plastic" dolls for her birthday. the older porcelain dolls and the new plastic dolls become friends and the 2 doll children annabelle and tiffany embark on an adventure to find annabelle's auntie sarah, who has been missing and is believed to be somewhere in the house for years. annabelle and tiffany take us on many adventures and come up against many close calls in being almost being discovered. Doll People is an easy and fun book. it's easy enough and intrigueing enough for a 3 year old to get into and just old enough to still hold the childish imagination of a 7 year old.
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Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Annabelle is a 100-year old china doll who lives with her family in a dollhouse Kate’s room. But she has discovered a secret journal in the library, kept by her missing Auntie Sarah, about secretly exploring the house at night when the humans were asleep. A new doll family has also just arrived in Kate’s younger sister’s room, and they are all made of a new material called plastic, which doesn’t chip when it’s dropped. It’s strange getting along with the new neighbors, but much more important to Annabelle is the mystery of what happened to Auntie Sarah. She decides to go exploring on her own to see if she can solve it and bring the lost family member back, but she must be careful not to be seen moving by the humans, or risk returning to permanent Doll State, and never being a live doll again! The Doll People is a fun children's book that answers the question of what dolls think and do when we are asleep at night, and what wonderful adventures they can have. It will make you long for a dollhouse of your own or for your children, filled with “real” books for the dolls to read at night or sing along to on a grand piano. For discussion questions, a list of similar books, and a recipe for doll-house (or tea party) sized orange tea cakes with orange icing, visit
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first paragraph of this book grabbed me and held me: It had been forty-five years since Annabelle Doll had last seen Auntie Sarah. And forty-five years is a very long time, especially for an eight-year-old girl.The story is a hilarious and charming look at how Annabelle searches to find her missing aunt, and how her antique family copes with the arrival of plastic neighbours.
gabriella_26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Doll People was a book I would read over and over again. It sure did get my attention.
geb890 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun story about dolls! Read it over and over agoin.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann M. Martin's The Doll People is a great book. Annabelle Doll is eight-years old - has been since she was made, over 100 years ago. Part of a family of eight, Annabelle spends her days being played with, avoiding "The Captain" (her owner's cat), and most of all, avoiding being seen as alive by any human beings.When Annabelle discovers the journal of Auntie Sarah, who has been missing for the last 45 years, she decides to find out what happened to her. The fantastic adventures of Annabelle and her new friend Tiffany Funcraft are unique and humorous. The story is imaginative and delightful, and I really enjoyed reading it.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for something in depth and intellectual, this isn't the book for you, but if you are weary, tired and simply wanting something smooth, delightfully creative, imaginative and unique, then by all means, take a journey through doll land where magic occurs.A porcelain family of dolls have inhabited an antique doll house for four generations. They come alive during the day when the house is empty and at night when the house is quiet.There are funny adventures, both inside the doll house where the 100 year old family bangs away at a old fashioned wooden piano singing Aretha Franklin's Respect sockittome. sockitome, sockitome and outside the doll house where they hesitantly wander down the dark halls, sneaking under the sofa, hiding from the family cat who is ever lurking to catch them.The book is uniquely illustrated by Brian Selznick and would not be as wondrous without the stunning creative art work.When the young daughter of the real life people family receives a gift, the 100 year old doll family meet a brand new, modern, adventurous plastic bunch of characters who are not as rigid, up tight or breakable.The author delightfully intertwines the personalities and the cultural differences of the older and modern doll family members.I liked this book for many reasons, primarily for the imaginative wonderment of it all.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Doll Family has lived at 26 Wetherby Lane for 100 years being passed down from mother to daughter all these years. Forty-five years ago Auntie Sarah simply disappeared and no one speaks of her anymore but Annabelle Doll finds Auntie Sarah's secret journal and decides she will leave the house and start to search for her. Along her searches she finds another doll family that has come to live with the youngest daughter of the family. The Dolls now have some fun neighbours and Annabelle finds a friend with the Funcraft Family.This book was pure delight! It was very reminiscent to me of The Borrowers, though the little people here are dollhouse dolls. The characters are simply charming and this is really a wonderful, fun, adventurous story to read. Brian Selznick's illustration bring the characters and setting to life as they decorate every third or forth page and sometimes the text stops for a whole two page spread illustration. Highly recommended for Grades 4 to 6, or as a read aloud for youngers. I wish I had daughters to read this too, but I, who am well past Grade 6 age, loved the story and will read the next two books in the series.
jordicouturexo3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Doll People by Ann M. Martin is a wonderful read for ages 10 and up. This book is easily enjoyed by the younger and older readers. It combines the fantasy of a child's imagination with the real "lives" of the dolls. The dolls are motion and lifeless when any human is around, as soon as the humans are no longer there, they become alive, and go on journeys throughout their homes. Annabel Doll, the porcelain doll, who has lived in her doll house for 100 years, life is shook up when a family of new plastic dolls (The Funhouses) move into the real human house that Annabel's doll house lives in. The plastic dolls do not live the same lifestyle as the proper porcelain doll family lives. They grow to become friends, especially Annabel Doll and Tiffany Funhouse. The two dolls go on a mission together, to find Annabel Dolls' missing Auntie Sarah, after they uncover Auntie Sarah's missing journal. The Doll People ends with the two doll families living happily in peace.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A chapter book with illustrations by Brain Selznick co-written by the author of the Baby-sitters Club series (which (I haven't read). Dolls can live active lives as long as no people are around to see them moving. Auntie Sarah Doll disappeared 45 years ago; when Annabelle, a child doll, finds Sarah's journal and a new family of dolls moves into their owners' home, adventures ensue. The gray illustrations are well done and capture the emotions of dolls.It finally occurs to Annabelle to worry about why her family never searched for Aunt Sarah and what they would do if Annabelle were to disappear. Her mother reassures her that the circumstances would be different and they would try to find her. The book is fine, but except for a brief discussion about Annabelle's fear of abandonment, not life-changing. Then again, not every book needs to be.
julieh8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is not for people who dislike kids books. The Doll People is about dolls who come to life. They have to battle every little thing because they are so small. I was bored at some points but it got better as i read on.
SaraH5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is the best book I ever read. The book is about a family of dolls living in a doll house. This is the best book EEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRR!
catz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty cool because I was in a dolls point of view. But it didn't really catch my attention.
sparklegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the illustrations in this book: they can cover the whole page at times.
Leann_Thompson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fanciful story about the secret life of dolls. The story is centered around a doll house with a 100 year old family of porcelain dolls, and one member who has been missing for the last 45 years! A new modern plastic family is introduced into the house at 26 Wetherby Lane and a few conflicts arise when the new family doesn't seem to follow the "Doll Code".There are adventures to follow when the two girls of the doll families decide they are going to solve the mystery of the missing doll, Auntie Sarah.This is a fun story to read, with lots of adventure and a little bit of history sprinkled in.
SForbin16 More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a child and I LOVED it! Since my deployment I've had a Nook since we have no space for many books on the ship. Why is there no Nook option for this???
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jacie515 More than 1 year ago
This book was about a doll. Her name is Annabelle and she has a friend named Tiffany. They are very brave because they find missing dolls. My favorite character in this book is Aunt Sarah because she explores around the attic and likes spiders. Aunt Sarah has been lost for 45 years.Will she ever be rescued? I liked this book because two very brave girls go out to save Aunt Sarah. You should read this book because it is an amazing story for children because it teaches you to be brave. (Jacie, 7)
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